Stylish way to give orphans worldwide a massive boost

The Fashion Show at Heron's Reach, Blackpool in aid of Operation Orphan
The Fashion Show at Heron's Reach, Blackpool in aid of Operation Orphan
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Models strutted their stuff on a Blackpool catwalk, in aid of orphans across the world.

Fashion students from Blackpool and The Fylde College took part in a fashion evening, entitled #loveclothes at the Village Blackpool Hotel, Heron’s Reach, to raise awareness and funds for charity Operation Orphan.

The youngsters, from the School of Creative Arts and Digital Industries at Blackpool and The Fylde College, put together special collections for a catwalk show.

And hair and beauty students also got involved to help everyone look their best.

Models from all walks of life, including Miss England contestants from Bolton, Preston and the Fylde coast, showed the clothing lines designed by the students, as well as pre-loved and upcycled clothing, which they had been collecting.

A wide range of quality donated clothing was on-sale in the boutique after the catwalk show, to raise money for Operation Orphan.

Operation Orphan is a UK-based charity, which provides help, support and care to orphans across the world – including in countries like Ghana, Zimbabwe,Serbia and Uganda. Its work includes providing access to education and health care, providing poverty relief and helping with sustainable development.

Among its projects is one to help children in Sierra Leone orphaned by Ebola. As the charity is sponsored by Lytham-based company Danbro, 100 per cent of money donated and raised goes to it projects.

The fashion night raised £1,748, but organisers hope it will really have boosted the profile of its vital work.

Cyrilyn Moore, from Operation Orphan, said: “The event was fantastic. We have had nothing but positive feedback from the general public who came along and had a wonderful night.

“The event did more than raising funds, it helped us raise awareness of our projects across the Fylde Coast – which was the greater aim.

“Around 200 ladies from all over Lancashire came – including Eccleston, Bolton, Chorley and the Fylde coast – and we had a huge team if volunteers both from the college and friends of the charity. Mark Liebenberg of A-List Photoshoots contributed his services free of charge, as well as a complimentary photoshoot for the raffle.

“The fashion students were great, they created beautiful garments. Media and hair students from Ansdell campus even helped out with preparing the models.

“I would like to thank Village and Blackpool And The Fylde College in particular for supporting this event and making it all possible.”

Angy Young, programme leader for Fashion and Costume at Blackpool and The Fylde College said: “It was incredible.

“Our part was to choose the garments for the catwalk and make sure that they were styled effectively for each model.

“The performance itself went very smoothly, but backstage was like a military exercise!

“Hair and make-up students from the college were fully engaged in making sure each of the volunteer models felt at their best and we even had a children’s section.

“The fashion team worked really hard all day, while our students were professional throughout and helped to create a polished and enthusiastic performance.

“Myself and the team are very proud of them and we’re glad we were given the opportunity to be involved in such a high profile event.”

Visit www.operation-orphan.org or call 084321 6 3838 for more information.